I am just back from QuiltFest 2011, “The Sky’s the Limit,” held in Jacksonville, Florida.  The show will continue for two more days. It is sponsored by seven north Florida Quilt Guilds.  There were a number of lovely traditional quilts which is inline with part of the show’s mission to “preserve the heritage of quilting…”  The “Best in Show” award was given to Wilhelmina Vandevoorde of Sevierville, Tennessee for her highly detailed “Tree of Life” quilt. (Please excuse that many of my photos have the quilts partially in shadows.)

What catches my eyes, however, are the more modern quilts with bright fresh fabrics, the art quilts, and the quilts which utilize different techniques.

Two of my favorite quilts are by Mary DeWind of Palm Coast Florida.  The first is “Cosmic Shift, ” a 2009 Hoffman Challenge Quilt, and the second is “Spring Thaw.”

I like the playfulness of “Welcome to the Neighborhood” by Jane Shad of Atlantic Beach, Florida. Design by Freddie Moran.

There is a different scene in each window. Note how the free motion quilting enhances the scene.

“It’s Audrey! Pretty in Pink” by Patricia Styring of St. Augustine, Florida, won first place for Small Pieced Quilts.

Patricia Styring also created “Hagrid’s Hollow.”  Unfortunately the shadow on the quilt covers some of the fabrics which shimmer beautifully. It won first place for Small Art Quilts.

“Sassy Circles Tropicale” by Brenda Lewis of Palatka, Florida is fresh and modern. It was recognized for Artist Merit.

I loved the fabric selections in “Lollipop Trees” by Marita Eng of Jacksonville, Florida based on a pattern by Kim McLean and quilted by Lynn Graham.

I like the color and how the quilting was specific to each square in “Thirty Little Quilts” by Vicki Zoller of Jacksonville, Florida.

“Portrait of Jean by the Salt March” is by Barbara Hoagland of Tallahassee, Florida.  The challenge that inspired this was to make a quilt based on the style of an artist.  This one is based on the style of a Van Gogh portrait.

I am including the following humorous quilt, appropriately named “Unique” specifically for its originality.  Madeline Dillmann of Cape Canaveral, Florida created this scarecrow portrait which includes background fabric created by Madeline of Headlines from “scarecrow journalism.”

Becki Stewart of Jacksonville, Florida created several quilts printing fabric using her sister’s photographs.  This beautiful one is named “Artist Expressions by Two Sisters” and is quilted by Nancy Wines.

Gretchen Jolles of St. Johns, Florida created “Waiting” based on a photograph of an old bench.  The used of color and fabric selections were very satisfying to view. This quilt won second place for Large Art Quilts.

While it was a long drive in the rain to get to QuiltFest, it was definitely worth it.

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